Zero Waste Beauty: The Best Cruelty-free Christmas Makeup For 2023


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It's the season for radiant glam, and what better way to shine bright this Christmas than with zero-waste make up?

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At ZeroWasteStore, we believe in rethinking your waste all year round, including party season!

Make a shimmering statement this year with our top zero-waste beauty picks for 2023. Whatever your budget, gender, skin tone, or style, our selection of Christmas makeup will help you sleigh the season whilst staying true to your values.

From twinkling eyeshadows to mistletoe-worthy lipsticks, each product is a testament to the vibrant hues of the season and created by brands committed to limiting their waste and environmental impact.

Ready to unwrap our top Christmas makeup picks for 2023?

What is zero waste beauty?

We’ve all heard the saying ‘beauty is on the inside’ and zero-waste makeup takes it seriously. By limiting the outside, aka the packaging, zero-waste beauty brands limit their environmental impact.

This is crucial since the beauty industry produces more than 120 billion units of packaging each year globally, most of which are not truly recyclable.

Zero waste beauty involves committing to avoiding producing trash throughout the whole process, from sourcing ingredients to formulating, packaging, shipping, and disposing. For consumers, the result is natural beauty products packaged in recyclable, reusable, compostable, packaging, or sold without packaging at all.

By choosing zero-waste products, you enhance your inner beauty by shopping in line with your values, Wow, it looks so good on you.

Other terms to look out for

As well as zero-waste, there are other terms to look out for on your hunt for the perfect cruelty-free Christmas look:


Similar to Zero-waste, plastic-free beauty refers to any products that don’t have plastic in the packaging or the formula (that’s right –there are often microplastics in products!).


Cruelty-free refers to products that have not been tested on animals.


If a product is certified vegan, it won’t include any ingredients derived from animals, such as beeswax, keratin, and lanolin. Vegan products are usually cruelty-free, and vice versa, but it’s not always the case!

The best Christmas makeup 2023

‘Tis the season to SPARKLE!

If you’re a long-time makeup lover, now’s the time to test your skills by replacing your empties with unique sustainable alternatives. If makeup isn’t normally your thing, why not play around and give it a guilt-free go?

While the products below aren’t all 100% zero waste, they are made by conscious brands doing their bit to reduce waste and move towards a more environmentally friendly industry.

Here’s a round-up of our fave products so you can start working on your holiday looks…


Flawless Base

Your naked skin is beautiful, but if you wish to enhance your natural complexion with skin-loving ingredients, start with these two refillable options.

Trestique Foundation Makeup Stick

Price: $30
Shade: 12 skin tones
Zero-waste points: buy with case once and refill forever

With a skin-first, cream-based formula, this foundation has a weightless feel. The built-in blending sponge effortlessly blends foundation without ever streaking or caking.

Trestique Concealer Makeup Crayon

Price: $24
Shade: 6 skin tones
Zero-waste points: buy with case once and refill forever

This full-coverage concealer glides easily over dark circles, blemishes, and uneven skin. The built-in blending sponge allows for precise and non-cakey coverage, perfect for holiday family pictures.

Read More: Make The Switch to Zero Waste Foundation with These 4 Brands


Fireplace Blush

Want to capture the rosy glow of snuggling by a fireplace? These cruelty-free and natural blushes will do just that.

Fat and the Moon Lip and Cheek Stain

Price: $20
Shade: Blackberry Red
Zero-waste points: packaged in a recyclable or reusable tin

This blackberry-red tint screams winter walks and works with all skin colors. The creamy formula is buildable, so with a couple of swipes on the cheek, you can go from day to night.

Trestique Blush Makeup Stick

Price: $28
Shade: St. Barths Pink
Zero-waste points: buy with case once and refill forever

This zero-waste refillable blush has a built-in brush, so you have the power to create looks from a sheer tint of color to buildable vivid blush. St. Barths Pink shade gives the perfect winter flush.

River Organics Vegan Blush Stick

Price: $18.99
Shade: Terra Cotta
Zero-waste points: buy with case once and refill forever

River Organics cream blush sticks goes on super smooth with powerful plant oil ingredients that keep the skin fresh and dewy. We love the Terra Cotta shade for a deep and sophisticated festive look.


Gorgeous Glow

River Organics Vegan Highlighter Stick

Price: $17.99
Shade: Illumi
Zero-waste points: comes in a compostable paper tube

Made with nourishing plant ingredients, this highlighter stick enhances the skin's natural glow and reflects the light for a refreshed look (even after the office Christmas party!). We love the illumi shade, with its champagne gold sheen.

Fat and The Moon Highlighter

Price: $22
Shade: Beam
Zero-waste points: packaged in a recyclable and reusable tin

Think of shimmering stars and twinkling lights. That’s what you’re embodying with Fat and the Moon’s Beam highlighter! This silky mineral-based formula simply embellishes your favorite features, so you feel like the star you are.

Pyra Vegan Illuminating Powder

Price: $18
Shade: Heavenly
Zero-waste points: recyclable paper packaging

Talc-free, plastic free Illuminator? Yes, please! Infused with moisturizing coconut extracts, this all-natural highlighter complements every skin tone. Choose the Heavenly shade for a white and green magical glow, like the angel on top of the tree.


Sparkling Eyes

Flutter those lashes with a twinkle in your eyes, and no doubt you’ll get everything on your Christmas list!

Trestique Eyeshadow Crayon

Price: $24
Shade: Burgundy Shimmer
Zero-waste points: buy with case once and refill forever

Nothing says Christmas party like a sultry smoky eye. We love Trustique’s Burgundy Shimmer shade for a buildable berry look, which can be refilled and recreated year after year.

Trestique Eyeline Pencil

Price: $19
Shade: Irish Emerald
Zero-waste points: buy with case once and refill forever

If smoky eyes aren’t your thing add a pop of color to your lids with Trustique’s refillable eyeshadow in emerald green. This enchanting shade reminds us of Christmas trees and festive foliage.

River Organics Zero Waste Mascara

Price: $29.99 (with brush)
Shade: Black
Zero-waste points: comes in compostable paper packaging

Add the finishing touch to your eye look with this toxin-free, zero-waste mascara. Made with all-natural coconut oil, rhassoul clay, and castor oil, this mascara improves the health of your lashes and gives a length that lasts all day.

Read more: 5 Zero Waste Mascaras


Mistletoe Lips

Now’s your chance to be bold! Dare to add red lips to your look and get ready for the mistletoe kisses.

Trestique Matte Lip Crayon

Price: $26
Shade: Tuscan Wine
Zero-waste points: buy with case once and refill forever

This innovative dual-ended lip crayon delivers a rich color that never bleeds. With the lip-conditioning balm, add a hint of shine and hydration under or over the lip crayon. Go on, treat your lips to a taste of Tuscan Wine.

Sustain Yourself Tinted Lip Balm

Price: $11.99
Shade: Ruby
Zero-waste points: comes in a compostable tube

A little lighter, but just as luscious, this tinted ruby-red lip balm gives a gentle dose of color. You can apply a little or a lot, to adjust the look to your mood. The all-natural ingredients make your lips soft and kissable.

River Organics Tinted LIp Balm

Price: $26
Shade: Rouge
Zero-waste points: comes in a compostable tube

Want a subtle wine-stained look? River Organics Rouge lip balm is the one for you. This ultra-hydrating lip balm gives a smooth, hydrating, and long-lasting tint.

Read More: 10 Zero Waste Lip Balm Brands

ZeroWasteStore: Your One-Stop Sustainable Shop

Phew! We’ve given you a lot of options to add to your Christmas wish list. The good news is you can get the best zero-waste beauty picks in one place – right here!

We’ve handpicked brands that meet our values so you can shop from our Clean Beauty Collection with confidence.

And remember, the most sustainable products are the ones you already own. Finish up the things lying in your drawer or sat on your vanity before you add to the collection.

You’re set to sleigh the season!

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